Coats for Kids had a successful season

I would like to thank the entire community for making 2019 a record-breaking year for Coats for Kids: 1,057 coats were collected, and 1,030 were distributed. Only 27 didn’t find a new owner and the Salvation Army was happy to receive those.

So many individuals and businesses are responsible for making Coats for Kids a success. RSVP Volunteer Team Leaders Ken and Sandy Bach, along with nine RSVP volunteers managed the distribution center with love and compassion. Our awesome RSVP men did the heavy lifting; Ray Mitchell and Andy Francis picked up coats every Tuesday while Jack Paul, Ken Bach and Tom Valentine were responsible for setting up and tearing down the coat racks.

Promanco allows us to use the beautiful Dime Bank building for distribution year after year. Peoples Bank hosts collection barrels, and The Marietta Times provides advertising. Event Designs joined us this year and provided tables for sorting and sizing. Joe Mamma’s Kitchen, Planet Fitness and Warren’s IGA were added as collection sites and we appreciated their help.

RSVP will be hosting a meeting in March to discuss how we can make Coats for Kids even better and would love input from communities across Washington County. Please call me between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. if you would like to be included in the discussion, and I will add you to the email notification list. We want Coats for Kids to remain a viable, vital program that provides warm clothing for Washington County residents of all ages during the winter.

Thank you, Marietta!

Lisa Valentine

RSVP Director


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